Marietta Hotel Apart

You’ll soon feel right at home at family-run Marietta Hotel Apart. Simple, comfortable apartments are housed in pastel-coloured villas nestled in hillside surroundings next to Skala. You’ll find a decent-sized pool in the garden with a sun terrace and a bar. There’s a kitchenette in each apartment but if you don’t feel like cooking, the Pool Bar serves small plates throughout the day. A delicious continental breakfast is also included. For a greater choice of restaurants and bars, head into Skala which is only ten minutes away.

Overview of Kefalonia

If you want to relax on a Greek Island without having to battle the crowds, holidays to Kefalonia come highly recommended. Those in the know love its secluded beaches, rolling hills and delicious cuisine. Before the release of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, a film which showcased Kefalonia’s beauty, it was Greece’s best kept secret. These days it combines it’s unspoilt charm with a good tourist infrastructure including all inclusive resorts centred around families. Skala is a popular resort area that still maintains it’s traditional charm and which boasts a Blue Flag beach. Stay in the laidback Marietta Hotel Apart and you’ll be well-located to explore it.

Things to do in Kefalonia

If you’re staying at Marietta Hotel Apart, you’ll probably spend most of your time at the closest beach in Skala. This large bay is fringed with a pine forest, and the shallow waters are perfect for swimming with children. There are also water sports on offer including parasailing, jet-skiing and pedaloes for hire. If you want to travel further afield, take a glass-bottomed boat along the coast, stopping at nearby islets. Skala is renowned for its authentic Greek restaurants, most of which can be found on the main street. Tuck into bianco, a garlic-infused fish stew or succulent grilled kebabs known as souvlaki. A couple of miles along the coast you’ll find the secluded Potamaki Beach which is the nesting ground for rare Loggerhead turtles in the summer months. Go on an organised turtle watch to see the turtles without disturbing them – these take place at night. It’s hard to visit Kefalonia and not be enchanted by it’s natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Whether you’re visiting with family or friends, a relaxing holiday is guaranteed.

Resort Summary

Skala is an Ionian Island known for idyllic natural beaches, fresh local food and pretty countryside villages. Offering a Blue Flag beach complete with isolated coves along the coast and pine forest views behind, Skala is the perfect place for snap-happy travellers on cheap holidays to Kefalonia. With year-round sunshine, you can escape the crowds out of season too – a time when holidaymakers come to enjoy hiking and relaxed coastal walks.

Shops and restaurants are centred on the high street, with many serving locally-reared meat, freshly-caught seafood, home-grown veg and island wine and cheese. The village reveals interesting ruins of a Roman Villa dating back from the 3rd century BC as well as making a good base to explore the rest of the island. The nearby port of Poros has ferries to the mainland, or you could travel to Kefalonia’s capital, Argostoli.